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Art Diary

Chairs! Dieckmann! The Forgotten Bauhaus Master

28 April 2022

The first show in some 30 years to be dedicated to the furniture designer Erich Dieckmann asks us to compare him favourably with his better-known Bauhaus contemporaries. The exhibition at the Kunstgewerbemuseum, Berlin (7 May–14 August), includes some 120 works, ranging from furniture to designs and drawings; it traces Dieckmann’s career from his student days to his time as head of carpentry at the successor of the Bauhaus in Weimar, the Staatliche Bauhochschule Weimar. Beginning with the first chair Dieckmann created in 1923, the show explores how Dieckmann developed as a designer, gradually moving away from geometric shapes in favour of more curvilinear models, as seen in examples of his tubular steel and wicker furniture. The exhibition will also look at the work of Dieckmann’s contemporaries, featuring objects designed by Marcel Breuer, Mies van der Rohe, among other seminal designers of the 1930s. Find out more on the Kunstgewerbemuseum’s website.

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Komposition con farbigen Elementen (c. 1931–33), Erich Dieckmann. © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kunstbibliothek/Dietmar Katz

Stahlrohrstuhl Nr. 8315., Erich Dieckmann. Photo: Michel Klehm; © Archiv Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle

Drei Stühle (c. 1925–35), Erich Dieckmann. © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kunstbibliothek/Dietmar Katz